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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson While Gibbs Library’s Giant Sale was going on across the road, another business was busily making money to go buy some books and to “save some for my bank.” Sale volunteer Peg Hobbs, right, chats with the young businessman, Jason, left, about her lemonade order, as his mom, Danielle DeCoff, looks on.

Breakfast, books and bargains

Mother Nature provided a beautiful summer day for one of Washington’s most fun, sociable and worthwhile events – Gibbs Library’s annual Giant Garage Sale and Book Sale. The garage sale always has at least one irresistible item per shopper and actually has included the kitchen sink a time or two over the years. My gotta-have-it this year was an adjustable office chair. Perfect fit. The book sale had so many good choices there wasn’t time enough to peruse them all, but the excellent organization of them was helpful.

Being nourished by the good old-fashioned Maine country breakfast offered by the Grange was a perfect way to start the morning. Heaps of thanks to Grange members whose good deeds are mostly done quietly, out of the limelight, but whose meals are deservedly famous, affordable and delicious.

71st Strawberry Festival July 7

Back in 1947, the Ladies’ Guild, already an established 33-year-old Washington women’s group, had a great new idea – to pick strawberries, sugar them up, and have a public strawberry feast. Their brainstorm, we know, was the Strawberry Festival that has continued for 71 years, with the profits donated to nonprofit organizations in town, including the food bank, historical society, fire department, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Seacoast Mission, the Masons, the Grange and the church.

The “new” Ladies’ Guild is a second generation of women who have decided to carry on in the footsteps of the original Guild. Their officers are: Mindy Gould, president; Amiee Gess, vice president; Stacy Mariano, treasurer; and Misty Darton, secretary. They and all the members will be pleasing our taste buds this Saturday, July 7, from noon to 3 p.m. There are more than 126 quarts of strawberries headed to the Washington Fire Station tables, and those berries have our names on them. There will be live music with the local duo Gardenia, featuring vocalist Cindy Millar with Dick White on guitar. Crafts, activities and lunch concessions will be part of the fun, too. Come enjoy the food and give a thank-you to this new/old Ladies’ Guild.

Second canoe/kayak race coming up

Washington Recreation Committee will hold a canoe/kayak race on Washington Pond Saturday morning, July 14. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. For canoes, the categories are two adults or one adult with one child 12 to 18; for kayaks, adult, teens age 12 to 18, children age 8 to 12 (a shorter course). All paddlers must register, sign a release, and have proper PFDs. The race will start from Washington Pond Boat Launch on Razorville Road (Route 105 west).

Monday Walkers have new start time

Monday Walkers' summer start time is 8 a.m. to get a little ahead of the heat of the day. Walkers meet at Gibbs Library and walk out Bill Luce Road to McDowell Road and back. Walkers choose their own pace and distance. The full loop is 3 miles. Everyone is welcome.

All Washington Recreation Committee sponsored events require a signed waiver.

Village Church yard sale

The Village Church is holding a yard sale and bake sale (free coffee with any purchase) July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date the following Saturday, July 21) at the church. This and other efforts are to raise money for a roof on the church structure. Church members are looking for monetary donations and items to sell at the sale.To donate or help in any way, call Sue Harriman at 845-2729.

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